Back in February we launched our book club. Back at the end of June I updated you all that we hit 50 members. I said then I wanted to hit 100 by Thanksgiving. Thanks for reading. Got suggestions for books for the 2020 version of book club?
I spent Friday hanging out with a bunch of MBA students. I run across a lot of different types of entrepreneurially minded people with varying levels of experience. It wasn’t just Friday that I had noticed that people with an MBA or pursing the degree tended to think differently than I do. For context, I’ve Read more about Is an MBA harmful to entrepreneurship?[…]
So the other night, Jessica and I are bingeing on The Outlander: Season 1. We’re behind the times. We’ll watch Stranger Things in like 2023. Anyway, in Episode 11 the lead characters, Jamie Fraser and his wife, Claire, head back to his home, Lallybroch. For those that don’t follow the show, it is set in Read more about Feudal Laird = Small Business Owner[…]
Recently I went down a Google search rabbit trail and discovered the works of Saras D. Sarasvathy. She researches and writes on entrepreneurship, cognitive science, and behavioral economics. I’ve found myself referring several times since then to one paper in particular that compares her effectuation framework for decision making and firm strategy to several others. Read more about Prediction v. Control[…]
On Friday I attended the 6th Annual Booth-Kellogg Entrepreneurship through Acquisition (ETA) Conference. A few thoughts from the conference and the community. My favorite part of this conference is the misfit nature of it. Most of the conversations that I got into started off with each of us doing some sort of awkward explanation how Read more about ETA Conference[…]
Today’s a quiet one around the office for me. No meetings on the calendar. So what did I do with an open morning? I got a new dataset of companies that meet our target profile. I kicked off some Amazon Mechanical Turks to gather additional data. I turned up my music. I dove into the Read more about Retirement Sale[…]
We’ve recently started following Alex Bridgeman’s work at Think Like an Owner. If you’re into small business acquisitions and operations you’ll likely connect with many of the folks he is gathering together. Alex recently invited me on to talk about my background and our work at Little Engine Ventures. If you’re new around the LEV Read more about Think Like an Owner[…]
Our friend from Fort Wayne, Mark Hagar, had Daryl and Mikel on his podcast, Your Business Matters. We discussed all things Little Engine Ventures. Thanks for having us on, Mark!
A few days ago a friend emailed asking if I had any advice on some issues she is seeing in her organization that she attributes to the scaling up that is happening. She works in a non-profit setting. But neither of us like to let something like a tax designation get in the way of Read more about Scaling Up[…]
Back in February we announced the formation of the Little Engine Ventures Book Club. Just now I mailed out books #49 and #50. I have to say this has been one of the more fun business experiments I’ve done. I don’t know yet what, if any, impact it actually has on our goal to be Read more about 50 Books = 50 not sucky meetings[…]